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Nicklas Lidstrom will be a Red Wings scout

Jul 8, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

Nicklas Lidstrom AP

Nicklas Lidstrom’s retirement from the NHL doesn’t have to mean he’s out of hockey completely.

Brendan Savage of Mlive.com hears from Detroit’s assistant GM Jim Nill that Lidstrom will be joining the Red Wings as a scout.

“We haven’t really sat down (and determined) to what extent but he’ll be in the organization and do everything he can to help us out,” Nill said today during the morning session of the Red Wings prospects camp at Centre Ice Arena.

“We might bring him back here. It depends on the situation. His terms. We wanted to keep him in the organization.”

Just picture if you will having Lidstrom filing a scouting report on a defenseman. “Well, he’s not as good as I was so take that into consideration.” Thanks Nick!

Having a guy with the kind of experience Lidstrom has as another set of eyes for talent can’t be a bad thing.

  1. redwingsfan999 - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    He was the best defensmen, one of the captains, and one of the top players in the league, he’ll make a great scout

    • polegojim - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      Nick brought the best out in his team mates and shored up weaknesses.

      I believe he’ll not only identify good talent, but will be strategic in filling line holes.

  2. xoscroggsxo - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Happy for you nick :) he will make a great scout, still wish he was on the ice for another season:/

  3. hockinj25 - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    I’d rather have him as a Red Wings player next season but I’m sure he will make an excellent scout.

  4. lorddarkhelmet - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    another smart and classy move by the organization. Suter really made a mistake. Mr. I always takes care of his players past and present not to mention the Wings are always contenders.

    • polegojim - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM

      Very classy indeed and I wanted Suter in Detroit.

      However, Suter banking on a very deep Wild lineup, not a bad decision… if they deliver.

      • jmacphee9 - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:20 AM

        i would argue their depth…more like very front loaded, and underwhelming even..the corpse of danny heatley up front with koivu, setoguchi, now plus parise. after that the forwards are below average 3rd liners..clutterbuck maybe..

      • lorddarkhelmet - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:46 PM

        I don’t think even those two make the Wild a true championship competitor. For their sakes I hope so because Minn can’t afford to add any other pieces at this point.

      • polegojim - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:38 PM

        I agree… and believe they’ll feel some heat come April

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